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Tinos Challenge 2016

Tinos - Cyclades

The Tinos Challenge 2016 is the first Vertical Race aking place in Tinos, a spiritual island, offering a mix of religious traditions and unspoiled architecture and natural beauty giving to it a particular character. Runners can enjoy beautiful beaches and its traditional villages, the simplicity of the life, the gentle curve of its hills, the artistic wealth of its' painters, sculptors and their works.

Welcome
Welcome to the “Tinos Challenge 2016” offering the chance to enjoy the most important Orthodox centre of worship in Greece but, in the same time, an important Catholic centre with beautiful beaches and its traditional culture. A strong tradition of marble carving is to be admired in chapels, fountains, arches and sculptures

What
20 km, 5km and 1km vertical race 

Where
Pyrgos village of Tinos, situated in the Aegean Sea, located between Andros and Mykonos

When
Saturday, 28th-Sunday, 29th of May 2016

Why
Participating in “Tinos Challenge 2016” provides a remarkable occasion for runners to enjoy a marble village, which is considered one of the most beautiful settlements in Cyclades. Runners will travel to the lairs of art, run on streets "paved" with marbledust, history and artistic tradition. They can run around marble-built villages and recognize the "carving" of nature, wind and rain at the harsh landscape of the Tinian north.

How
Contact us and we will make you an unbeatable offer to suit your needs and preferences.
We offer several options varying from short weekend breaks in Tinos including your entry to the race, to a full vacation plan in Tinos and the surrounding area!

Moreover, we can offer you training plans, actual training in the streets and routes of Tinos and of course we will run with you!

For more information and detail please call: +30 6978 524 433
Or email: info[@]runningreece.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy runs!
Race Date
Saturday, 28th-Sunday, 29th of May 2016

Event Schedule
Saturday, 28th of May 2016
10:00 - Secretariat Open at the Isternion bay
12:00 - 1st race Starting Vertical
* At every start, 4 athletes will climb the path
14:00 - Race finish at Isternion settlement
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Isternia Tinos "Agia Paraskevi" Club will offer local snacks
20:30 - 23:00 - Pasta Party offered by some taverns of Panormos

Sunday, 29th of May 2016
7:00 - Secretariat Open at the Isternion bay
8:00 - Races Technical briefing
8:30 - 20km and 5km races Start
13:00 - Races finish
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Awards ceremony

Distances: 20 km, 5km and 1km vertical race

The participation includes the following benefits
- Electronic timer (official time and place)
- Commemorative Medal for participation
- Commemorative t-shirt
- Clothing and personal belongings management
- Water,Salt Stick, fruits, bisquits, local products
- Photographs of the race
- Nutritionists' advice
- Pasta Party

Deadline registration
Registration is open until 23.05 Participation can be obtained via online registration.

Routes
20K Route
Runners will begin route of 20 km (1060m) by the square of Panormos village with direction to Profitis Elias in 360m. From there they descend and enter the village of Marla. They cross the historical settlement of Pyrgos and they will head uphill to the village Platia and the chapel of Karabousa, to run till the finish line in Panormos.


5K Route
The 5km race will start at the square of Panormos village and the runners will head to the Biological Station and the traditional village of Pyrgos. After passing in front of the windmills will trickle down to the finish line in Panormos.


1K Isternia Vertical Route
Runners will run a distance of 1.5km with 325m positive ascent and reach the village of Isternion


Awards
Winners will be declared the first 3 men and first 3 women who will complete the ‘Tinos Challenge’ taking part in race of 20km and Vertical race.The first 3 male and female of the 20K, Vertical race and 5K of the general classification will be awarded. All participants of both races who manage to finish the races will be given a commemorative medal.

Aid Stations
Lengthwise the race 7 aid stations will provide runners with Water,Salt Stick, fruits, bisquits, local products . Each station will be manned by volunteers aware of basic first aid and equipped with a first-aid kit.

Gifts
All athletes will take part in a gifts lottery offerend by the race sponsors

Pasta Party
On Saturday, 28th of May 2016 from 20:30 some taverns of Panormos will offer free pasta.
Simple Running Offer: from €40 » BOOK NOW
The Simple offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Tinos on their own and want only to register to the race. It includes
• Electronic timer (official time and place)
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Commemorative t-shirt
• Race bag
• Party after the race with local food and drinks
• Participation to draw and gifts
• Tips and advice for the specific race
• Training schedule depending on your personal targets
• Safe keeping of your belonging during the race
• During the race volunteering photographers will be set in interesting spots to take your picture. All photographs will be dispensable online at no cost 4 days after the race.

Running Offer #1: from €130 per person » ( Tinos Challenge weekend) » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Tinos the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Tinos. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
This offer is for those who wish to go to Tinos on Saturday morning and return to Athens on Sunday night. It includes:
• Departure from Rafina port at on Friday 27/5/2016 with one of the following ferries

07:25 - Fast Ferries - Andros - 4 hours
08:05 - Fast Ferries - Ekaterini - 4 hours
17:30 - Fast Ferries - Theologos - 4 hours

• Visit to Panagia of Tinos
• Accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights at Exomeria villages
• Transportation from/to your hotel and the starting line
• Transportation from/to Tinos port to your hotel
• Departure from Tinos to Rafina port on Sunday 29/5/2016 with one of the following ferries

13:30 - Fast Ferries - Theologos - 4 hours
17:00 - Fast Ferries - Andros - 4 hours
18:00 - Fast Ferries - Ekaterini -4 hours

• Registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry
• Clothing and personal belongings management
• Electronic timer (official time and place)
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Commemorative t-shirt
• Race bag
• Past Party
• Participation to draw and gifts
• many more like: tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets
• During the race volunteering photographers will be set in interesting spots to take your picture. All photographs will be dispensable online at no cost 7 days after the race.

RunninGreece Offer: from €110 per person (Tinos Challenge snapshot) » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Tinos the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Tinos. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
This offer is for those who wish to go to Tinos on Saturday morning and return to Athens on Sunday night. It includes:
• Departure from Rafina port at on Saturday 28/5/2016 with one of the following ferries:

07:25 - Fast Ferries - Andros - 4 hours
08:05 - Fast Ferries - Ekaterini - 4 hours
17:30 - Fast Ferries - Theologos - 4 hours

• Accommodation on Saturday night at Exomeria villages
• Transportation from/to your hotel and the starting line
• Transportation from/to Tinos port to your hotel
• Departure from Tinos to Rafina port on Sunday 29/5/2016 with one of the following ferries:

13:30 - Fast Ferries - Theologos - 4 hours
17:00 - Fast Ferries - Andros - 4 hours
18:00 - Fast Ferries - Ekaterini -4 hours

• Registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry
• Clothing and personal belongings management
• Electronic timer (official time and place)
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Commemorative t-shirt
• Race bag
• Past Party
• Participation to draw and gifts
• many more like: tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets
• During the race volunteering photographers will be set in interesting spots to take your picture. All photographs will be dispensable online at no cost 7 days after the race.

In case you want to return on Monday, 30th of May 2016, you can choose one of the following ferries:

08:25 - Fast Ferries - Theologos - 4 hours
13:45 - Fast Ferries - Andros - 4 hours
17:30 - Fast Ferries - Ekaterini - 4 hours
In that case you are kindy requested to inform us by e-mail that you prefer to return on Monday.

Please bear in mind that the above prices are secured for the participants who register till Monday, 9th of May 2016. In any other case, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will make the best offers for you.

In case you need to hire a car or a bike, please contact us. We have secured discounts for you.

Special Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
Please tell us all your requirements and preferences, how many days you want to spend in Tinos, what other places you wish to visit and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you! We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, clothing and personal belongings management and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Tinos. During the race volunteering photographers will be set in interesting spots to take your picture. All photographs will be dispensable online at no cost 4 days after the race.

Group Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
If you are a group of people, please tell us all your requirements, how many of you are running, what you like and what you do not like and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you and your company! We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, clothing and personal belongings management during the race and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Tinos. During the race volunteering photographers will be set in interesting spots to take your picture. All photographs will be dispensable online at no cost 4 days after the race.
Tinos is a beyond spaces spiritual island. A place of pilgrimage and worship, Tinos owes its unique place in the Greek psyche thanks to the Church of Panayia Meyalohari, Great Grace, also known as the Church of Evangelistria of Tinos, Our Lady of Good Tidings.
Located between Andros and Mykonos, Tinos has beaches to match and perhaps some of the most well-preserved villages in all of the Cyclades.

Each of the villages is a revelation. A strong tradition of marble carving is to be admired in chapels, fountains, arches and sculptures, particularly in Pyrgos, the village that some of Greece’s greatest artists, Gyzis, Lytras, Chalepas, Filippotis and Sohos, call their own.
The white splendor of the material blends well with typical Cycladic architecture. Whitewashed narrow alleys, neat houses and picturesque churches create a serene environment, where fuchsia-coloured bougainvilleas overflowing through walls and balconies add the right dose of intensity.
Amidst the countryside, hundreds of dovecotes resembling tiny fortresses are well preserved and worth an exploration. With their geometrical patterns, they attract the doves, whose systematic breeding began with the Venetians in the 18th century.

Tinos is a very interesting place to visit. One can enjoy its unspoiled architecture, its picturesque villages, its beautiful beaches and its traditional culture and way of living that has been going on through the years.
The pan-hellenic festivities in honour of Virgin Mary on August 15 are accompanied by other festivals like those in Tsiknias and Exombourgo and the gastronomic feasts involving artichoke and raki in Falatados as well as the festival of honey in Kampos. Tinos is the ideal place for nature lovers, architecture, art and tradition, and the perfect answer to the relative expectations.

Pyrgos is the largest village on the island with its 400 residents. Home to some of the greatest Greek artists like Y.Chalepas (sculptor), N.Lytras (painter), D.Philippotes (sculptor) among others. Walking past the alleys of Pyrgos one can encounter art in every corner, house, church or square.

Pyrgos took its name from an ancient tower which was built before the 16th century in order to secure the whereabouts. The village flourished during the 18th and 19th century mainly because of the marble art and shipping.

The most important sights of the village are the two cathedrals, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Dimitrios, the Museum of Marble Crafts, the cemetery where the visitor can admire marbled works of art and stone carvings of local artists. Moreover it’s the Tinian Artists Museum, located at the entrance of the village right next to the house where Y.Chalepas lived which is also a museum these days.

In order to prevent and maintain the artistic history of the region, a Preparatory School of Marble Arts has been running since 1955.
The Cycladic architecture is preserved unharmed in Pyrgos for centuries and many think of the village as an open air museum of folk art.


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